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Top Exterior Building Products from IBS 2017

by Rachel Lyon, Editorial Director for The House Designers®

Every year, we come across some impressive and innovative products at the International Builders' Show® (IBS), and 2017 didn’t disappoint! If you’re preparing to build your own home, take a look and see what caught our attention. These building products will introduce a new level of beauty, efficiency, and convenience to your life, and many are available now or will be in a just a few months. Stay ahead of the game and discover something that will make your new home stand out above the rest!

Roof Tiles That Are Cool and Beautiful
Roof Tiles That Are Cool and Beautiful

If you’re in the market for a cool roof, you’ll be excited to know that DaVinci Roofscapes recently expanded their collection of EcoBlend colors. These eco-friendly polymer tiles come in six different slate and shake profiles, and in colors ranging from gentle grays to warm browns. All you’ll really notice is a beautiful roof that enhances your home’s curb appeal, but these Title 24 compliant colors actually help reflect sunlight to prevent your roof from trapping heat and driving up your cooling costs. Outfit your home with the perfect look without sacrificing energy efficiency and it’ll pay for itself!

Model: DaVinci Roofscapes Bellaforté Shakes in Mountain-EcoBlend | Contact for a Quote
Elegant and Efficient Patio Doors

As desire grows for bigger and brighter glass displays in homes, many are left worrying about how that might strain their HVAC systems and their wallets. Integrity® Windows offers a range of patio doors, all of which are constructed with their exclusive Ultrex® fiberglass, a material much more durable and efficient than those used in other windows. In fact, with correct orientation, larger panes of glass could actually lower household energy bills by absorbing free solar heat from the winter sun and reflecting harsh summer sun. So, we think the eco-conscious will love our pick, the Wood-Ultrex Inswing French Door—and enjoy the totally clear views it opens to!

Model: Integrity® Windows Wood-Ultrex Inswing French Door | Contact for a Quote
Elegant and Efficient Patio Doors
A Historically Inspired Transitional Entry
A Historically Inspired Transitional Entry

There are plenty of traditional and modern home finishing products out there, but it can be hard to find something in the middle. Now, Therma-Tru® Doors has announced a new addition to their Smooth-Star® product line, Shaker-style doors! Available in March 2017, these doors are perfect for Prairie architecture and balance well with farm house and contemporary designs. Simulated divided lites with a flat profile match the Shaker look and promise to let in plenty of light, and you can choose from six types of glass for the right level of privacy and efficiency. You’ll love the lifetime limited warranty, too!

Model: Therma-Tru® Doors Smooth-Star® Shaker-Style Door and Sidelites | Contact for a Quote
Durable Siding with Rich Board-and-Batten Style

Revived appreciation for historical aesthetics has increased demand for board-and-batten siding, and now you can get it with modern benefits thanks to LP®! Often seen on old barns and farm houses, the simple pattern of alternating wide boards and narrow battens was an effective and inexpensive option, because the battens covered seams between boards for better efficiency. Wood is wood, though, and it is often damaged by exposure. LP® SmartSide® Vertical Siding is an engineered wood strand substrate that is treated with the SmartGuard® process so it resists moisture, fungus, and termites—so you can love the old-fashioned look of it even more!

Model: LP® SmartSide® Vertical Siding | Available Soon!
Durable Siding with Rich Board-and-Batten Style
Corner Windows to Capture Panoramic Views
Corner Windows to Capture Panoramic Views

Don’t let a corner get between you and good sights—outfit it with windows to help you take them in from multiple angles! Marvin® Windows makes it possible to give your home this attractive design feature in pane sizes of up to 72" x 102", symmetrical and asymmetrical configurations, and with so many interior and exterior finish and casing options that you’re sure to find an amazing arrangement no matter your architecture. Corner windows enhance the amount of light allowed inside over a greater period of time, so you can enjoy your surroundings and make the most of what nature has to offer simultaneously!

Model: Marvin® Corner Windows | Contact for a Quote
A Smart Deadbolt with Keypad and App Control

Technology makes our lives more convenient, and now it gives you the chance to carry one less thing in your pocket, too! With Schlage Sense™, you can control the security of your front door with your iPhone and other Apple products through the Apple HomeKit™. You can set up 30 codes to allow people inside without a key—which is perfect for house cleaners and dog walkers who come during the day. Control access through the app and you can see who entered when! Built-in alarm sensors will notify you if somebody tries to break in, so you have even more connectivity and control when you’re away from home.

Model: Schlage Sense™ Smart Deadbolt with Camelot Trim in Satin Nickel Finish | $229.00 MSRP
A Smart Deadbolt with Keypad and App Control
A Security Light That Connects You to Home 24/7
A Security Light That Connects You to Home 24/7

It looks like a beautiful decorative light to welcome you home, but it’s really so much more! MAXIMUS® offers amazing security lighting solutions that connect to Bluetooth® and Wi-Fi, so they help you watch what’s going on through an inconspicuous camera and even allow you to speak to anybody at the door—all through the Kuna app on your smartphone! The app will send alerts and sound the alarm in case of suspicious activity, and you’ll be in the know wherever you are. Be sure to check out the Smart Motion Security Light that will be available for $249.99 this summer if you’re looking for next-level home monitoring and convenience, too!

Model: MAXIMUS® Craftsman Smart Security Light with Textured Black Finish | $179.99 MSRP
Front Door Security Powered by the Sun

It’s been on our radar for a while, and now the Brinks Array smart lock will soon launch! This innovative lock works with iOS and Android devices—including smartwatches—through an app so you can carry less and control access from anywhere through the Cloud. You can even lock the door using Amazon Echo! If full connectivity isn’t enough, the solar panel recharges the battery using any kind of light to help minimize power supply concerns that can come with Wi-Fi enabled fixtures. That panel slides up to reveal a keypad for entering codes, allowing this smart lock chock-full of features to present a neat, compact design!

Model: Brinks Home Security™ Array™ Smart Lock | Available Soon!
Front Door Security Powered by the Sun
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